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Level Seven: Then What?

Your mission!

Reflect on and evaluate your e-portfolio

Let's end with some reading below about evaluating your e-portfolios and viewing the videos to provide the final step in maintaining your e-portfolios.

Then consolidate your learning by visiting the Quests and completing them this week.

Remember to visit the Ning Network forums to join in the discussions there.

Next steps with your e-portfolio

E-portfolios are never finished - they continue to grow, expand and take shape according to the designer, you! Here at the end of this MOOC we recommend that you take the following steps (at the very least) to reflect on and evaluate your e-portfolio in its current status.
  1. reconsider, repurpose, recreate or just revisit your e-portfolio on an ongoing basis
  2. ask an action partner to view your selected e-portfolio and provide some feedback as a comment in your blog
  3. post a final article in your blog about how you view your current e-portfolio and where to from here
  4. create an action plan for continuous improvement of your e-portfolio
A full set of quests for Level 7 are also provided should you want to extend your work in this MOOC.

What elearning should be!

E-portfolios are one element of 'what elearning should be' and should be  considered in context with other elements of your Personal Learning networking and connecting. Think strategically about how you can 'use an e-portfolio approach' to your ongoing studies and lifelong learning.

To help you with this final step let's see what some of our E-portfolio practitioners have to say. You'll find some podcasts in the Radio EpCoP Episode 7 that clarify the 'next steps' for Lifelong Learning, Current course learning and those seeking recognition of prior learning.

Evaluating your e-portfolio!

It is up to you to evaluate your own efforts in creating and maintaining an e-portfolio - it belongs to you. However, we do recommend some criteria by which you can judge whether your e-portfolio is on the right track.

Edutechwiki has this to say about Assessment and Evaluation of an electronic portfolio:

Douglas et al. (2004) claim that webfolios "may have the most significant effect on education since the introduction of formal schooling. When fully matured and implemented by capable professional educators throughout every discipline in an educational institution, webfolios promise a viable alternative to current, high-stakes testing, which focuses education on test-taking rather than teaching and learning. The promise webfolios hold - a richer educational experience for all - will not be realized, however, unless educators embrace webfolio concepts and apply them at their highest level of maturation."

The authors consider eight physical and theoretical qualities inherent in portfolio/webfolio processes and applications to determine five levels of maturation:

  • Level 1 Scrapbook
  • Level 2 Curriculum Vitae
  • Level 3 Curriculum Collaboration Between Student and Faculty
  • Level 4 Mentoring Leading to Mastery
  • Level 5 Authentic Evidence as the Authoritative Evidence for Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting
The levels of maturation for portfolios/webfolios provide a conceptual framework for understanding webfolios and help readers position themselves in a particular level of webfolio development. The levels also provide conceptual guidance for taking the next step on the path to full implementation of webfolios in teaching and learning. (Douglas, 2004)

Herman & Winters (1994) state that we need evidence to assure the e-portfolios technical quality, fairness, effects of implementation, and feasibility.

According to Joanne Carney (2004), Zeichner and Wray (2001) identify six critical dimensions of variation:

  1. Purpose(s) of the portfolio,
  2. Control (who determines what goes into the portfolio and the degree to which this is specified beforehand )
  3. Mode of presentation (portfolio organization and format - including the technology chosen for authoring) ,
  4. Social Interaction (the nature and quality of the social interaction throughout the portfolio process)
  5. Degree of Involvement by the teacher (and others),
  6. Use (can range from low-stakes celebration to high-stakes assessment).

10 Must Have's for E-portfolios!

This checklist of 10 Must have's, comes from Ray Tolley, UK:
  1. Ownership & Organisation
  2. Formatting & Rich Media
  3. Widgets & Tracking
  4. Personal Data & Security
  5. Collaboration & Feedback
  6. Scaffolding & Support
  7. Longevity & Evolution
  8. Flexibility & Portability
  9. Multiplicity & Interoperability
  10. Practicality & Accessibility
Do you all of these in your e-portfolio? Tell us about that in your blog.

Connectedness and Networking

View this inspirational video below on at You Tube and check the book that is available too.

National focus for e-portfolios in Australia!

We believe that e-portfolios will be number one topic of conversation among educators for 2012 and we are encouraging you to keep your eye on the work of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) who will be leading the way in this.

The  latest goals from the 2012 - 2015 National VET e-learning Strategy, include Goal 3: Access and Participation. A critical element of that goal is to:
support learner pathways through a national e-portfolio-based approach to recognition of learning

Evaluating and reflecting on this MOOC!

Thanks for joining us on this EpCoP MOOC an innovative initiative of the Framework. We hope you've enjoyed the experience and would like to share your feedback. One way you can do that is to leave a comment in the EpCoP MOOC blog at:

We also invite you to continue to post your thoughts and ideas into the Voicethread for the EpCoP MOOC.

This feedback will assist us in reviewing and gathering your thoughts and ideas for a continuous improvement approach to polishing up the MOOC for next time.